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Jocko's Steak House

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125 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo, CA 93444
805-929-3565
Today
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 214
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  • 83
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great steak great value

This is the best steak for the money, bar none. The choice, aged steaks cooked over a red oak fire can't be beat. The decor is a dive, don't expect any frills. The wait is terrible and they don't care so go early.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Jim P
,
Bakersfield
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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Bakersfield
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the best steak for the money, bar none. The choice, aged steaks cooked over a red oak fire can't be beat. The decor is a dive, don't expect any frills. The wait is terrible and they don't care so go early.

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San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I have lived in the area for about three years and everyone told me try Jockos'. Friends from out of town wanted to go there. It's like walking into the 50's. Don't worry about your dress anything goes here. There is always a wait so be prepared for 20-30 minutes. Bring your appetite. You start with a great relish tray... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Doesn't get any better than this! Ribs, chops, steaks, bar. Simply the BEST!!! We were concerned about ribs served without BBQ sauce. They were right! No sauce needed on these ribs. Everything cooked to perfection. Complimentary relish tray is SO good. Always worth the wait (or get the order to go) if you're in a hurry. You will never have... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Jocko's is a great place for some good BBQ. If you come late you will have a long wait so get your group together and get there when the doors open.

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FB, California
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I had been to this restaurant/bar before, and had to do it again. Portions are huge, hot, and tasty. I has a 'small' Spencer steak, as did my companion. I had planned to take a picture of it, but it looked and smelled so good I had it half eaten before I remembered it. Last time, I had the Chicken... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This place is all about the food, and their barbecue is hands down some of the best I have had anywhere. Call ahead because it gets busy pretty much every night; I have waited almost 2 hours once on a Saturday night without a reservation, but that's actually a testament to how good the food is. It gets noisy and... More 

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Nipomo, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Jocko's has great food. Great Service. Large portions, come hungry or plan on a goodie box. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner are all good. Reservations recommended for dinner or you could have up to a 2 hour wait.

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Atascadero
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We like to go there for lunch. Dinner time you have to wait a while to get in. This is truly a old California style dining. Around here we call this Santa Maria style food. Many of the central coast ranches serve this style of western food at there brandings. The meat is always aged 21 days or longer. The... More 

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Nipomo, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Want a great steak? Pork chops? When it comes to meat these guys know how to buy it and cook it.And the prices are downright outriageously LOW! The bathrooms look like they haven';t been upgraded in 60 years...so "go" at home... before or after the meal.Apparently if they fixed up the bathrooms...they would have to fix up the rest of... More 

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Nipomo, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

People from all over the world know and love Jocko's! Lines que up at about 1630 each night for a table and an opportunity to partake in the biggest, tenderest, steaks and chops anywhere! The rest of the place could certainly use some class. Tables, chairs and decorations are early 60's picnic/ cheap buffet style. But you go there for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo, CA 93444
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Nipomo
  • Phone Number: 805-929-3565

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?